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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 1, 2010 10:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Streaming issues

Hi all,

I just tried streaming in my new location, and am having a problem that I suspect is related to my internet connection here in the Third World, but I'd seen the earlier thread on streaming problems and wondered if perhaps I'm wrong and it's related to something folks already know something about.

What's happening is that, when I stream, it cuts off every few seconds. Not after each song, but every few seconds. So of course, streaming is impossible. Downloading would presumably be impossible, too :-(

I'm not surprised to find streaming is an issue here (which is why I'd been trying to find lots of good downloadable AUDs for the last few months!), but internet in general is working fine now.

I saw the earlier threads on streaming problems, but had the impression that was a case of stopping after each song.

I was trying to listen to this:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-05-03.sbd.masse.142.sbeok.shnf

but then tried other versions, as well as links I'd favorited (so I know they'd worked in the US), and had the same issue. So it's not the file. I'm bummed because I hadn't heard it, and the few seconds I get in snippets sounds great. Boo hoo.

Any thoughts? I'm sure I'll find people here eventually who know how to figure this out; certainly movies are downloaded all the time, LOL. (I mean, it IS the Third World, which is sort of Internet Savvy Central. Want software? Movies? You name it, it's bound to be here!)

Any advice from the mostly-lurker in Indonesia or other folks in Asia?



This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2010-08-01 17:23:44

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Aug 1, 2010 1:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming issues

AR, it sounds like your travels have been safe and successful, as for your international streaming problem, I've had the same issues on my visits to Africa - utter frustration . . . The buffering is one way, but it is a tedious way to enjoy something as fluid and mesmerizing as 5-3-72 (one for the ages) . . . I feel your pain. The only way I could find strong, solid, continuous and fast internet service was to get on board with a local university, if there is one located near enough to make sense. This has worked for me in Africa and in Wales.

Perhaps, a side trip to Shangri-La would do the trick . . . my concept of Shangri-La would most definitely involve some pleasant way to listen to 5-3-72. Good luck.

This post was modified by duckpond74 on 2010-08-01 20:30:23

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 1, 2010 6:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming issues

Good idea about a university. We probably will connect for work, anyway, and ultimately I'm sure we'll figure out all the "workarounds" that people undoubtedly do here. As for Shangri-La, well, that's where I'm living. Got a nice view of the Himalayas from the roof :-)

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Aug 1, 2010 6:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming issues

Lucky you! I'll try to regard my jealousy and instead wish you a great adventure. I'll just keep telling myself, 'Shangri-La . . . someday . . .'

When you find a good connection, I suggest you go back to 5-3-72 and enjoy that gem without interruption . . . and your nice view of the Himalayas










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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 1, 2010 6:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming issues

Indeed I will. Or I'll be begging y'all to send downloads on CDs soon, which you can trade with me for cool purses, pillowcases, or Bollywood CDs. That's the running soundtrack here on the streets :-)

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Aug 1, 2010 10:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming issues

You're Internet connection is just probably too slow and it is not loading up fast enough to keep up with the stream. You can start a song and pause it for a few minutes so enough of it buffers so you can listen to the complete song before it catches up with your buffer. Unfortunately you have to do this for every track, so you won't be able to listen to jams or transitions in real time. GL.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 1, 2010 11:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming issues

Thanks. I've been testing that out, and it works, but you have to let it buffer for reeeeally long (maybe 5 minutes) to even get a whole track. Sheesh, I'll have to keep a file of "tuning" and listen to that in between songs if I want the concert experience ... except that won't work for jams :-(

We're having trouble getting our magic jack to work, too, so my husband is thinking we'll need to upgrade to a more expensive internet service (sigh) if it really is faster. We'll see. It's an adventure! I've lived in the "third world" before, but not when internet was an option. Just goes to show how spoiled I've become to be whining -- online, no less -- about no flawless streaming on demand!


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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Aug 1, 2010 12:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming issues

It is amazing how deeply the fix slowly coils .
It reminds me of the title of this song .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKPs7a2E_7Y

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 1, 2010 6:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming issues

Cute. The title, that is. You don't think my internet is fast enough to actually watch YouTube, do you?!?

Interestingly, we have no electricity right now, but internet is on. So: downloaded music or movies by computer, yes; internet, yes; lights or TV, no.

Not that we have a TV yet, anyway. Which is kind of a relief. Mean mean parents, bringing their kid to a place with no TV (evil grin) ... Actually, kiddo really likes the place so far.

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Poster: Shooting Dark Star Date: Aug 1, 2010 4:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming issues

Althea, try an internet speed test. Here's one to try.... http://www.speedtest.net/. If you are not downloading at speeds in excess of 1.25 megabites per second then steaming in real time will be difficult.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 3, 2010 6:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming issues

Thanks -- that was useful. Discouraging, but useful.

It tests at .13 megabytes per seconds, which seems to mean "way bad." In fact, Nepal is listed on that site as having the second lowest download speeds in the WORLD, right between Zimbabwe and the world's slowest, Zambia. Lovely.

Only one internet provider here is listed as above 1.5 in download speed. But at least there's one. Now I know that if we change, that's the one to look at. So that was educational -- thanks!

Well, I guess you don't get the interesting experience of living in a place like Nepal without, well, living in a place like Nepal :-)

Correction: I see you actually said above 1.25, not above 1.5. In that case, there are 3 providers that could work -- the others are at 1.27 and 1.29, the third at around 1.6. (I hope you realize I have no idea what I'm talking about, but hey, it sounds so tech-savvy ...)

This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2010-08-03 13:03:12

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Aug 1, 2010 5:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming issues

"I suspect is related to my internet connection here in the Third World"

Excuse me, I think I am having a William Tell-prompter moment. Did you say, a couple of weeks ago, that you were going away? I want to say Tibet or Kathmandu or somewhere in that neighborhood. Is this correct?

TOOTMO

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 1, 2010 6:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming issues

Yup. Kathmandu. The address would be "muddy road near the naan shop, next door to the rooster."

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Aug 1, 2010 6:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming issues

You could go back millennia with that address description - mostly anywhere , until ' recently ' .

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